Blog Response— Fantastic Mr. Fox


  1. Analysis of the Book

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is a children’s story about a clever fox stealing food for his family from three mean farmers  living near the woods. The assigned readings give an introduction to the three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean as well as Mr. and Mrs. Fox. It shows the beginning of the feud between Mr. Fox and the three farmers. A couple of the book’s themes are cheekiness and rebellion.

  1. Analysis of the Film

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is a stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book. While it is based on Dahl’s book, it is not a faithful adaptation. Anderson adds more the Dahl’s story and introduces new characters. A few of the film’s themes are comedy, rebellion, and animal nature.

  1. Analysis of the Adaptation

Though Wes Anderson’s film adaptation is based on Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, it is more faithful in spirit than presentation. Anderson adds more story and characters to the short children’s story to make the film longer. In the book, the story ends with Mr. Fox and his family trapped under the farmers. On the other hand, the film expands the story by showing Mr. Fox confronting the farmers to get his kidnapped nephew back.  The film also focuses more on the father-son relationship between Mr. Fox and Ash.

  1. Online Research on the Film

The article addresses how Wes Anderson brought his own ideas into his version of Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as each character is represented in the film.

In this interview with Wes Anderson, Anderson discusses the difficulties in animating and filming Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Lee Weston Sabo analyses Wes Anderson’s attempt to appeal to the children’s inner adult by not giving a watered down narrative that many children films have. Sabo goes on to talk about the animation flaws in the film, but he finds it appealing overall. Even though it is categorized as a children’s film, there is an appeal to the adult by showing the anxieties of life.

  1. Critical Argument Paragraph

While both Fantastic Mr. Fox and Prisoner of Azkaban films are based on children’s books, they have both similar and different ways to appeal to children. The two films do not water down the narrative and show some of the struggles of life. However, they have different approaches to tell the story. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Cuaron gives a darker perspective of the Harry Potter world, but he brings some color with a little cheeky narrative. Cuaron’s Harry Potter appeal to children by showing that everyone struggles and matures from it. In Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson appeals to children by not hiding issues between animals and people. Animals steal to survive and people do try to kill them to stop. The films use the narrative to open the minds of children unlike other children films that simplify the narrative.


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